General Rules and Regulations for Wolf Rock:
- The National Park Service will be held harmless from any claim or liability resulting from the permitted use of the area.
- Climbers may be required to reimburse the United States for search, rescue and recovery in case of accident or other emergency.
- Climbers must check in at the Visitor Center before going to the climbing area and must check out prior to leaving the park.
- Climbing is permitted 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekends.
- Permits will not be issued or authorized on high visitor use weekends (October) or when conditions appear to be unsafe for climbing (lightning, snowing, etc.)
- Stringent safety precautions will be exercised at all times. Safety helmets and UIAA (International Climbing Federation) or equivalently approved climbing equipment are required. Do not climb alone!
- Limit 25 persons (total of families, individuals, etc.) or I organized group not exceeding 25 members. Park trails and scenic areas are heavily used by other visitors; please respect their rights.
- Park and lock vehicle(s) in designated areas only.
- Please protect park property, preserve the natural features and leave the area in a clean condition. Carry out all trash.
- Fires are not permitted.
- Pets must remain on a leash no longer than 6' at all times.
- Remain as a group under supervision of the sponsor or permittee at all times.
- Your group will comply with all instructions issued by the superintendent or his representative.
- Call 1-866-677-6677 for emergencies, 24/7. This is central dispatch. Please note your location as “Catoctin Mountain Park Wolf Rock,” and be clear about the specific nature and location of the emergency.
- Cell phone coverage is provided by a few specific carriers and is inconsistent throughout the park.